Victory! Bikes Rule
Inspired by Streetfilms Bike Vs Car Vs Transit, the Car Free Days family took a challenge of their own: Bike Vs. Bus from our house in Ravenna to Westlake Park in downtown Seattle for a little holiday in the big city action.
A door-to-door speed test pitting Tim’s Xtracycle against Anne and 2 kids on foot to the bus stop, then on the bus to Westlake Park. Our departure times and routes were the same, but the outcome would be different Continue reading
I mentioned this on twitter last week, but I think it might be worth exploring in a little more depth here with our blog readers.
The US Department of Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood is blogging.
These days a blogging politico is no surprise. However, the things he’s saying have kind of caught me off guard (in a good way):
- “Bicycling is an important factor in less carbon-intensive commuting”
- “When I told the League of American Bicyclists National Bike Summit that “Cyclists are important users of America’s transportation systems,” I meant it.”
- “And, when I wrote that “With DOT, bicyclists have a full partner in working toward livable communities,” I meant that as well.”
To cyclists, these statements are pretty logical. We get all of this and many of us have been saying the same thing for years. But the problem hasn’t been saying, it’s been the listening. That is, getting the Beltway to listen, and take us seriously (remember last summer’s anti-bike rant by N.C. Rep Patrick McHenry?).
Day: The only stretch of ice on the whole commute
Night: University Bridge: Glare Ice on the Bike Path
To my friends at Seattle DOT,
If, by chance, you happen to read this little blog before heading out Tuesday morning, I’d first like to mention how much me and my bike commuting buddies appreciate the great job you did clearing the University Bridge deck Monday morning. It was cold but you were out there working it.
With that out of the way, do you mind if I ask a small favor? Is there any chance that you could pretty-please finish the North and South approaches to the deck? It’s very slippery, especially at night.
I know it may not seem like there are many riders out right now, but you’d be surprised: I think more than a few of us would benefit from such an effort.
Keep up the good work!
PS: I used your online contact form to report this issue, but it said I’d hear a response in 10 days. I figure it will be 55 F and raining by then, so this venue will have to do.
Posted in bicycle neglect, bigger than here, bikes, Commute, kids, seattle, streetsblog, weather
Tagged ice, seattle, streetsblog, traffic, weather
We pedaled up to the local tree lot over the weekend and picked up our Christmas tree. Although the novelty of hauling a large tree by bike has faded a bit, it was still pretty satisfying to pull up to the tree lot on our bikes, park right in front, choose our 6′ Noble fir, strap it to Tim’s bike with very little effort, and pedal home. No drama, no fuss, no big deal. Continue reading
Posted in alternative transportation, BIG Loads, bigger than here, bikes, kids, seattle, streetsblog, sustainability, xtracycle
Tagged 2008, christmas, Christmas Tree, local, seattle, streetsblog